Join the cancer fight at Relay for Life Friday

May 17, 2018

Friday is a very special night for many people who live in and around Wilson. This Friday marks the annual Relay For Life event, celebrating the fight against cancer, and is the signature event for the American Cancer Society. This event brings together cancer survivors, family members, friends and caregivers to place illumination on the fight against cancer.

During this event, survivors, along with all of those present, will walk to symbolize the journey to fight cancer. All will walk the track out front of Wilson Medical Center to commemorate their or a love one’s battle against cancer as well as honor those who have lost their battle against this killer.

In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and 609,640 people will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Approximately 38 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. The good news is that the overall death rate from cancer decreased by 25 percent from 1990 to 2014. This has only been possible due to all of the awareness that nights such as Friday bring to this illness.

We invite anyone and everyone who has battled cancer or is currently battling cancer, knows someone who has had cancer, or wants to support the ongoing battle against cancer to join us this Friday at 6 p.m. on the track in front of Wilson Medical Center. Together we can continue the fight against cancer, walking with friends, loved ones and co-workers. Cancer is scary, but it does not have to be the winner.

Relay For Life is a great event that illuminates the fight against cancer and the many victories that have been made as well as those yet to come. I hope you can take some time to join us in this fight Friday evening.

Wilson Medical Center is offering free skin cancer screenings at our booth during Relay for Life. No need for an appointment. Come by between 5 and 7 p.m. and Dr. Emil Cekada will be provide this free screening.

For more information about the event, visit

Dr. Ron Stahl is the chief medical officer at Wilson Medical Center.